Glyph of the word 'ko'. and Glyph of the word 'ko'.


  • (syl.) glyph for the syllable ko in the Kamakawi syllabary
  • (adv./pron.) here, this place, at this place
  • (adv./pron.) now, this time, at this time
  • (suf.) attached to pronouns to mark proximity (usually used in opposition to something else or for emphasis)

Ale ia ko.
“Come here.”

Notes: This word is pe‘s partner in crime. It denotes nearness in many ways: temporally, spatially, even socially. As I mentioned with pe, the determined version is actually not that common. Mostly it’s used when the word itself occurs next to words that are spelled out in the kavaka i oala so that the reader can be sure that the adverb/pronoun isn’t a part of that word.

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